A note to add to your fishing knowledge came during last weekend’s Catholic High Rodeo, a tip to fishing the next three summertime full moons.
More than half the fishermen who wanted to talk complained about the lack of action, but what happened was that high tide didn’t come until late morning, and, by then, the folks who busted the dawn were worn out casting live shrimp and artificials into the surf.
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The pattern from Grand Isle west to The Fourchon and points west was that the passes were holding trout in the early morning, then the action picked up in the late morning when the tide was pushing to the beaches.
Reports were that bait — pogeys, shrimp, finger mullet and minnows — were everywhere.
And the near-calm seas allowed bay boats to get to the South Timbalier platforms to take easy limits of red snapper and tackle the hard-fighting mangrove snapper that were feeding on everything from live croakers and mullet to cut bait around the platforms in water 40-100 foot depths.
Word came Tuesday from Wildlife and Fisheries managers that Barataria waters closed for more than five years after oiling from the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster are open to all fishing.
The area includes the 100-yard buffer around the shorelines in Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste. A map can be found on the LDWF’s website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.
LDWF managers asked boaters and anglers to report sightings of oil, mats of tar and/or tarballs in these waters by calling the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802 and State Police at (877) 925-6595.
It’s Friday, Saturday
The platform on the south shore near the Williams Boulevard Boat launch has been a steady speckled trout producer and the Causeway has held more redfish than more anyone can remember.
And what about that dazzling run on trout during May on the railroad trestle and the other 5-mile long bridges spanning the north and south shores.
Well, after Monday’s report, the fish still are there, but a forecast of 2-4 foot seas on 10-15 knot southerly winds might keep the fishermen from getting to the fish for the Friday-Saturday run of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s 18th annual Save Our Lake & Coast Fishing Rodeo.
It’ll go from the Kenner Boat Launch at Laketown and, no matter the weather, there’s always Saturday’s (4:30 p.m.) awards and post-rodeo party. See the website: saveourlake.org/fishing-rodeo.php to register and for all the details.
If you wondered why touring redfish anglers like Louisiana waters, check the IFA Redfish Open held out of Lafitte. Chad Dufrene and Barnie White ran to waters near Houma and took a redfish measuring less than 27 inches long that weighed 10.05 pounds. What a pig!